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City Council hears requests for Community Development Block Grant Funding

Tuesday, March 19

No decisions made yet on grant funding for 2013


At their meeting on Monday night, City Council heard requests from 11 organizations for Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2013. CDBG dollars are federal monies issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and allocated by city governments to address specific community needs. Staff is expected to make final recommendations for CDBG funding at the April 8 City Council meeting. You can view the full list of organizations requesting funding, as well as 2012 CDBG allocations by following this link.


Also at Monday's meeting:


° Council voted 4-3 to table a motion that would've amended the City's sign ordinance to allow for on-site electronic signs for large non-religious, nonprofit organizations such as Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, and Wofford and Converse colleges. Council members Linda Dogan and Sterling Anderson, as well as Mayor Junie White voted against tabling the motion. Council member Dogan had previously made a motion to reject the ordinance saying the proposed change discriminated against churches, which would not have been allowed to have electronic signs under the proposal. Council member Sterling Anderson made a motion to pass the changes, and also got no second from another Council member.


° Council voted 7-0 to rezone property located at 235 East Blackstock Road to allow for a funeral consultation business to occupy a space owned by the Breakthrough Outreach Center church. Under the rezoning, funerals can be held but no mortuary services, such as embalming and cremation are allowed.


° Council voted unanimously to approve several culvert and other road repair projects including: a bid for replacement of 130 feet of culvert Fieldstone Road to Martin & Son Contracting, Inc. for $197,500, a bid for replacing 50 feet culvert on Foxcross Road to Bishop Mays, Inc. for $52,606.84, and a bid to repair a bridge on Fairforest Road to Vaughn Curbing Company for $234,730. Council also voted 7-0 to approve the list of city streets to be resurfaced in 2013. Staff will solicit bids for road resurfacing projects, and seek Council approval for the funding at a later meeting. For a complete list of streets to be resurfaced, follow this link.


For a complete look Monday's Council meeting, see the full video and live tweets below.